Kolkata, Sep 12: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Chairperson Mamata Banerjee on Thursday warned the BJP not to "play with fire in the name of NRC".
Ms Banerjee, who walked in a protest rally on Thursday against National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, which has excluded 19 lakh people, dared the BJP to touch a single person in the state in the name of NRC.
The TMC supremo along with her party colleagues began her march from Sinthee More in the northern fringes of the city around 3 pm.
The rally culminated at Shyambazar five-point crossing, 5 km away. Apart from Ms Banerjee, elected representatives and party functionaries of Trinamool were present in the rally.
Making it clear that she won't allow NRC take place in the state, Ms Banerjee said her party will fight any "conspiracy to divide people on the line of religion".
Last week, the West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution against implementation of NRC in the State.
Ms Banerjee had always maintained, " NRC is nothing but political vendetta by the BJP-led government at the Centre. "
After the final draft of NRC in Assam was published, she had tweeted: “The NRC fiasco has exposed all those who tried to take political mileage out of it. They have a lot to answer to the nation. This is what happens when an act is guided by an ulterior motive rather than the good of the society and the larger interest of the nation.”
She added, “My heart goes out to all those, especially the large number of Bengali speaking brothers and sisters, who are made to suffer because of this botched-up process.”
Earlier too, the Trinamool Congress organised rallies and street corner meetings at various places in the State, as part of “mass protests” against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the “divisive” politics of the BJP. These protests were carried out on September 7 and 8.
Carrying posters and placards in several districts, the Trinamool supporters shouted slogans against the BJP-led government and demanded immediate repeal of the NRC in Assam.
“Protest rallies were organised in various parts of the state yesterday and today. Our party workers have vowed not to allow NRC in Bengal. Locals, too, joined in,” AITC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.
“Party cadres have vowed that they can sacrifice their lives but would never allow division of Bengal,” senior party leader and minister Tapan Dasgupta said. (UNI)